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Y M C A Spiritual Legacy



Explore the spiritual roots and influencers of the YMCA

Explore the spiritual roots and influencers of the YMCA



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  • 1. YMCA Spiritual Legacy
    • Sir George Williams
    • 1821-1905
    • Founder of the YMCA
    • A passion to reach young men
    • Committed to Prayer
    • Knighted by Queen Victoria
    • "...if you wish to have a happy, useful, and profitable life, give your hearts to God while you are young."
  • 2. YMCA Spiritual Legacy
    • Rev. D.L. Moody
    • 1837-1899
    • President of the YMCA
    • First YMCA employee in Chicago
    • World famous evangelist
    • “ A rule I have had for years is: to treat the Lord Jesus Christ as a personal friend. His is not a creed, a mere doctrine, but it is He Himself we have.”
  • 3. YMCA Spiritual Legacy
    • John R. Mott
    • 1865-1955
    • Nobel Prize Winner
    • President YMCA World Committee
    • Student Missions Mobilizer
    • “ It is our duty to evangelize the world because we owe all men the gospel. To have a knowledge of Christ is to incur a responsibility to every man who has it not..”
  • 4. YMCA Spiritual Legacy
    • Anthony Bowen
    • 1805-1872
    • Founded the first YMCA for African-Americans
    • Active in the Underground Railroad
    • Founded the St. Paul AME Church (1856)
    • Active Sunday School teacher
  • 5. YMCA Spiritual Legacy
    • Charles K. Ober
    • 1882-1948
    • Survived 8 days adrift at sea through prayer
    • Developed leaders for the YMCA
    • Special secretary in France and England during WWI
    • "It is right for me to serve God and to live for Him, and I will do it”
  • 6. YMCA Spiritual Legacy
    • James Naismith
    • 1861-1939
    • “ Invented” Basketball for the YMCA
    • Recruited and trained men for the YMCA
    • Physical Director at Springfield YMCA Training School
    • "What is the work of a YMCA Physical Director?... To win men for the Master through the gym."
  • 7. YMCA Spiritual Legacy
    • Oswald Chambers
    • 1874-1917
    • Author of “ My Utmost for His Highest ”
    • Commissioned by YMCA to minister to troops in Egypt during WWI
    • Encouraged the troops in YMCA “Huts”
    • “… We either go towards a more and more… useless type of Christian life, or we become more and more ablaze for the glory of God”
  • 8. YMCA Spiritual Legacy
    • William Borden
    • 1887-1913
    • Heir of Borden Dairy fortune
    • Started Yale Hope Mission with YMCA
    • “ I saw that Jesus Christ could work miracles in men's lives.”
    • Died as a missionary at age 25
    • “ No reserves, no retreats, no regrets!”